Vermont Considers Legalizing "Sexting"

Vermont Considers Legalizing "Sexting"

There are 37 comments on the technologyexpert.blogspot.com story from Apr 12, 2009, titled Vermont Considers Legalizing "Sexting". In it, technologyexpert.blogspot.com reports that:

Sexting combines the words sex and texting, and essentially involves sending sexually revealing pictures of yourself via text message to someone. Of late, it's hit the headlines because it's become a teen fad, and some of those teens have been charged with trafficking in child pornography.

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Since: Nov 08

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#21 Apr 13, 2009
MeanandNasty wrote:
I don't agree. Cell signals can be intercepted quite easily, and these pictures can get into the hands of child molesters. How would you like it if your 13 year old daughter sent such a picture intended only for her boyfriend, but it was intercepted and distributed among child pornographers, and finally to the pervert that tracks her down and molests her? Call me paranoid, but it's too big a risk to take. Besides, teen relationships come and go. If said daughter sends that pic only to her boyfriend and they break up, would he be vindictive and put that up on the web for all to see? Making this legal will allow anyone to exchange underage people's pictures anywhere anytime. It needs to stay illegal to protect from pedophiles.
R---R--i-ght?! Here's a more accurate scenario

She is branded a sex offender and because she has a younger brother she is placed in foster care until she's 18, you are not told where she is and are met with extreme police hostility when you get angry.

All your friends start treating you coolly and without warning you get fired. Eventually news comes back to you in an official heartless manner that your child committed suicide the day she found out she could never return to school. All because she took a picture of her boobs.

That scenerio is played out daily in real life.

“STOP animal abuse”

Since: Dec 07

United States

#22 Apr 13, 2009
This is overplay.
MeanandNasty

United States

#23 Apr 14, 2009
mike_lee wrote:
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R---R--i-ght?! Here's a more accurate scenario
She is branded a sex offender and because she has a younger brother she is placed in foster care until she's 18, you are not told where she is and are met with extreme police hostility when you get angry.
All your friends start treating you coolly and without warning you get fired. Eventually news comes back to you in an official heartless manner that your child committed suicide the day she found out she could never return to school. All because she took a picture of her boobs.
That scenerio is played out daily in real life.
huh?
Diogenes

Plymouth, MA

#25 Apr 14, 2009
Tallyho makes a very good point in referring to Polaroid; sexting is just a technova.

Dropping the age of consent (not the age of contract) would greatly reduce this nonsense.

Richard Dey, in an essay (I think) called "The Fall and Decline of Pornophobia", makes the interesting point that being against pornography is another way to be obsessed by it. He also makes the point that the line between 'innocence' and 'ignorance' is nanometric.

We need to chill on this kind of stuff.

“Women (and cats) of WoW unite!”

Since: Jul 07

San Diego, but now: The Woods

#26 Apr 14, 2009
justaguess wrote:
Another can of worms...
Hi justa!

Yes, you got that right! Legislation never seems to be able to accurately uphold justice while protecting people's rights. Thank goodness for the few wise judges and lawmakers that keep trying though.

It all comes down to the parents to a certain degree. There's a lot to be said for supervision and teaching discretion and consequences.

Any compromising data that may make its way into the public eye can jeopardize employment, etc. Is it really worth it?

Besides, risqué, boudoir or burlesque type images are sexier and leave something to the imagination.
Chilled Out

United States

#27 Apr 15, 2009
Joe wrote:
Thank you Vermont for having a brain. Now Change some of the sex-offender laws that are not working and a waste of tax payers money. Stop lumping all offenders together and control the high risk ones.
Yea Vermont let those child molesters out of jail.
Matter of fact next time one of these maggots kills a baby or sexually molest a child give them
a police badge or make them a politician. Yea Vermont you should be real proud of your satanic policies!

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#28 Apr 15, 2009
Chilled Out wrote:
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Yea Vermont let those child molesters out of jail.
Matter of fact next time one of these maggots kills a baby or sexually molest a child give them
a police badge or make them a politician. Yea Vermont you should be real proud of your satanic policies!
Overly emotional people (hysterical) should avoid public message boards. He never said anything of the kind. Some of us feel strongly about fairness and justice. Ruining people lives over often minor details (like the kid who got lifetime sex offender status for streaking at his graduation) is not in our best interests and is cruel beyond belief.

Do you know we are on human rights violation lists over the insane penalties we impose on people? We know it's being punished twice for the same crime but we just chose to ignore that constitutional problem.
Chilled Out

United States

#29 Apr 15, 2009
mike_lee wrote:
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Overly emotional people (hysterical) should avoid public message boards. He never said anything of the kind. Some of us feel strongly about fairness and justice. Ruining people lives over often minor details (like the kid who got lifetime sex offender status for streaking at his graduation) is not in our best interests and is cruel beyond belief.
Do you know we are on human rights violation lists over the insane penalties we impose on people? We know it's being punished twice for the same crime but we just chose to ignore that constitutional problem.
Oh, I'm so sorry. I'm not one bit emotional about mindless twits like you or anyone else. I am expressing my opinion!

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#30 Apr 15, 2009
Chilled Out wrote:
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Oh, I'm so sorry. I'm not one bit emotional about mindless twits like you or anyone else. I am expressing my opinion!
Propaganda Techniques

Simplification (Stereotyping): Simplification reduces a complex situation to a clear-cut choice involving good and evil. This technique is often useful in swaying uneducated audiences.
notregdatthemome nt

King Of Prussia, PA

#31 Apr 15, 2009
Chilled Out wrote:
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Oh, I'm so sorry. I'm not one bit emotional about mindless twits like you or anyone else. I am expressing my opinion!
And our opinion is that you're a cretin and hysteric. Why they call the state Pennsyltucky. Carry on.
Chilled Out

Vandergrift, PA

#32 Apr 16, 2009
notregdatthemoment wrote:
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And our opinion is that you're a cretin and hysteric. Why they call the state Pennsyltucky. Carry on.
I like that, pennsyltucky! How long have you been a child molester, and gay? Oh, Gov. Perry asked me to inform you to get the hell out of his state.

“The Buybull is innerrrent.”

Since: Jun 08

King Of Prussia, PA

#33 Apr 16, 2009
Actually, it sounds more like closet case Gov. Perry is telling Texas to get the hell out of the United States. Praiz!

But I have a question for you in turn: Since so damn many str8 men rape women why can't we just defame and regulate all str8 men as being rapists?
Trash Service

High Point, NC

#34 Apr 16, 2009
writewingproxycontin wrote:
Actually, it sounds more like closet case Gov. Perry is telling Texas to get the hell out of the United States. Praiz!
But I have a question for you in turn: Since so damn many str8 men rape women why can't we just defame and regulate all str8 men as being rapists?
Why are you so obsessed with gays cvnt? So svck their penisses you filthy downlow freek raypist.
Concerned American

Conway, AR

#35 Apr 16, 2009
MeanandNasty wrote:
I posted earlier, but it's gone. I think Topix is having trouble again.
I disagree. Cell signals can easily be intercepted. If the photos fell into the hands of pedophiles or child pornographers, the kids who sent them could be tracked down and victimized, either physically or through distribution of the photos.
Teens should also think about break-ups. Relationships do not last long, and if it ends badly, their photos could be plastered over the internet by a vindictive ex, where they will be exploited by child pornographers.
The person who originally posted the photos might have been a teen, but he or she should still be prosecuted for putting photos in a place where child pornographers can easily get to them. How would someone feel if their 13 year old daughter sent a private nude photo to a boyfriend, then later broke up with him and the boyfriend plastered it all over the web? And worse, how would you feel if some disgusting child molester tracked her down and raped her?
A lot of ifs here but I wouldn't be too careful with my daughter if I had one. I would want to make sure the teen who put the photo out there would not do it to someone else's daughter.
That break-ups part hit the nail on the head. Most of what I've heard about is when someone breaks up. The other hurt person tries to get the photos to as many people as possible.
Jeffrey

Malden, MA

#36 Apr 16, 2009
How can it be pornography, if they're taking pictures of their own bodies ? Is a mirror pornographic ? And if they want to send them to another, how is that a crime / It's their pictures of their bodies...they should be able to do with them what they wish.....If that's the case, then most movies ought to be called pornographic...they show naked bodies and distribute the DVDs.

Since: Nov 08

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#37 Apr 16, 2009
Jeffrey wrote:
How can it be pornography, if they're taking pictures of their own bodies ? Is a mirror pornographic ? And if they want to send them to another, how is that a crime / It's their pictures of their bodies...they should be able to do with them what they wish.....If that's the case, then most movies ought to be called pornographic...they show naked bodies and distribute the DVDs.
Because our court system is corrupt beyond all recognition.

Take for example this pinhead. Wyoming County District Attorney George Skumanick Jr

"One parent stood up during the meeting and asked how Skumanick could be prosecuting his daughter because, according to him, she was in the photograph wearing a bathing suit. Skumanick told the assembled crowd that she was posed “provocatively,” which made her subject to a childpornography charge."
http://www.aclupa.org/downloads/MillerComplai ...

“The Buybull is innerrrent.”

Since: Jun 08

King Of Prussia, PA

#38 Apr 16, 2009
Trash Service wrote:
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Why are you so obsessed with gays cvnt? So svck their penisses you filthy downlow freek raypist.
You have more vivid gay fantasies than any openly gay person; it's right there in your post, Cletus.

You didn't answer my question, you hom skooled closet case: Why can't we, following the "logic" of those who defame all gay men, simply treat all str8 men as rapists of women? I mean...so many str8 men do rape women, after all.

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